Join TSCRA for a Beef 706 session exclusively for TSCRA members

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This free, 2-day event will be held in College Station Aug. 13-14. The Beef 706 program covers the importance of producing a consistent and high quality beef product through a series of hands-on lessons presented by Texas A&M University. Participants are divided into groups, allowed to select live cattle (through video) and then follow those cattle through grading and hands-on cutting sessions, which allows the participant a chance to experience first-hand the differences encountered in carcass composition. Information on genetic selection, marbling, evaluating market cattle, grid buying, branded programs and virtual tours of packing plants are also included. CLICK HERE to register now — space is limited! 
For more information, click here or call 800-242-7820.

Ranch gathering held in Rosenberg July 22

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About 200 ranchers, landowners and guests joined TSCRA and the Fort Bend County AgriLife Extension Office for a ranch gathering in Rosenberg on Tuesday. Read more…

US meat, seafood prices rising on drought and disease: USDA

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Overall U.S. food inflation will remain near the historic norm in 2014, even as prices for meat and seafood are pushed higher by disease and widespread drought, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday. Prices for shelf-stable and processed items made by companies such as General Mills and Kraft Foods Group are relatively flat.  Read more at Reuters…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, July 22, 2014

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Even after a dry 7-day period in much of Texas last week, 60-day precipitation is generally at or above normal in most of the state, along with Oklahoma. The issue, however, is to balance the short-term wetness with the long-term (multi-year) drought which has impacted hydrological interests. Taking this into consideration, 1-category improvements were made in most areas where this week’s rainfall exceeded 2 inches. Read more at droughtmonitor.unl.edu…

Shelby County man arrested on livestock theft charge

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A Shelby County man turned himself in to authorities Monday, July 21, after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was charged with felony theft of livestock and released on a $4,000 bond. Hollis Neel Farris, 53, a rancher and poultry producer, was accused of taking his neighbor’s stray bull to an east Texas sale barn, pocketing the funds and denying to the victim ever seeing the bull after selling it. Read more…

Cattleman testifies on the changing face of small business

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Small businesses are the lifeblood of rural America, but for those in the cattle industry, governing statues and regulations have not evolved alongside the changing business models. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s witness Ken Keesaman, a Missouri cattleman, addressed these concerns Thursday at the House Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade hearing. Read more…

Heat danger persists through Friday

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Livestock producers across the central United States will need to contend with at least a couple more days of dangerous heat and humidity. The latest Cattle Heat Stress Forecast maps from the USDA and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration shows heat and humidity index levels in the “emergency” range on Thursday, July 25 and Friday, July 26. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

James Herring to receive National Golden Spur Award

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James E. Herring, Amarillo, has been selected to receive the prestigious National Golden Spur Award for 2014. Herring will receive the award on Sept. 20, 2014, at the National Ranching Heritage Center on the Texas Tech University campus. The award recognizes an individual who has provided outstanding contributions to the nation’s ranching and livestock industry. Herring, chairman and CEO of Friona Industries, is the 37th Golden Spur recipient. Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Beef, wild rice and mushroom bake

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This tasty dish has simple ingredients and is easy to make. Read more at beefitswhatsfordinner.com…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle, horse missing in Central Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger Marvin Wills, Dist. 15 in southern Central Texas, reports the theft of a horse from a Hubbard event arena in Hill County July 22. Special Ranger Jimmy Dickson, Dist. 14 in eastern Central Texas, also reports 31 head of cross breed branded cattle missing in Freestone County. Read more…

Ranchers and landowners reminded not to leave keys, firearms, in vehicles

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TSCRA Special Rangers, Texas law enforcement and border security authorities would like to remind ranchers and landowners in South and West Texas near the Mexican border to not leave keys, firearms or ammunition in vehicles. Theft of ranch vehicles, including ATVs and tractors, by border crossers has been on the increase, leading to damaged fences and equipment. Firearms and ammunition left in these vehicles could fall into the wrong hands and endanger law enforcement personnel and landowners.

USDA authorizes emergency haying of CRP acres for additional Texas counties

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USDA Texas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Judith A. Canales has announced that Dickens and Kent County are authorized for emergency haying use of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for fiscal year (FY) 2014. FSA’s fiscal year runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30. Read more…

China meat scandal hits Starbucks, Burger King

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A suspect meat scandal in China engulfed Starbucks and Burger King on Tuesday and spread to Japan where McDonald’s said the Chinese supplier accused of selling expired beef and chicken had provided 20 percent of the meat for its chicken nuggets. Chinese authorities expanded their investigation of the meat supplier, Shanghai company Husi Food Co., a day after Husi’s food processing plant in Shanghai was sealed by the China Food and Drug Administration. Read more at The Washington Post

Record cattle prices create opportunities to increase profit margins

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Record cattle prices are creating opportunities for producers to increase revenue and several of these strategies will be discussed at the 60th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course scheduled Aug. 4-6 on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station. Read more…

Texas crop, weather, for July 22, 2014

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While some parts of Texas have been lucky when it comes to hay production, others will likely have an expensive go at feeding cattle this winter. Though the rest of the state has received some rain, drought conditions persist, which has of course pretty much stymied hay production in much of the state. Read more…

Three Views of the Drought

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In this exclusive report for TSCRA members rom climatologist Evelyn Browning-Garriss, author of The Browning Newsletter, drought is discussed from three perspectives: current vegetation profiles, long-term drought deficits and how areas have improved in the last couple of years. Read more…

Ranch gathering scheduled Aug. 7 in Hamilton T

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TSCRA will host a ranch gathering Thursday, Aug. 7, at the Circle T Arena in Hamilton. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by a free beef dinner. TSCRA Special Ranger, Marvin Wills will give a law enforcement update and offer advice on how ranchers can better secure their livestock and equipment. Read more…

Texas vesicular stomatitis update

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On July 18, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) received confirmation of 3 new cases of vesicular stomatitis (VS) in horses in Central Texas. One premises is 4 miles east of Webberville in Bastrop County, the second premises is 1 mile northwest of Webberville in Travis County and third premises is 8 miles southeast of Seguin in Guadalupe County. To date, 13 premises in 8 counties have confirmed cases of VS. Read more…

Two ag-gag laws facing federal court challenges

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The years-long fight between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from state legislatures to federal courts as laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges. Read more at ABC News/Associated Press…

TDA Market Recap, July 21, 2014

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For the week ending July 19, 2014, Texas auctions quoted feeder cattle prices mostly steady to $6 lower per hundredweight (cwt), with a few as much as $12 lower and some steady to $6 higher. Texas direct feeder cattle sales were weak to $8 lower. Fed cattle cash prices were less than 50 cents lower per cwt. Wholesale beef values were $2 to $3 lower. Prices dipped lower throughout the cattle sector, but remain at near record high levels due to reduced cattle supplies and continued strong demand. Beef export sales for the week were down 50 percent from the previous week and down 37 percent from the prior four-week average Read more…